Students in Conference Room 2

Experts and Students after completing their Roundtable Discussion and sharing their research findings. 

The Minnesota Youth Institute (MNYI) could not be successful without the support of volunteers. Since 2008, the MNYI has challenged high school students across the state to research solutions to a global food security issue and submit their findings. Their efforts culminate in a half-day event where students present their solutions/ideas to experts and connect with peers to tackle the grand challenges of world hunger in immersive experiences.

Participating students who enroll in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Minnesota receive a $1,000 scholarship. Students are also eligible for additional fellowships, international + domestic internships, and an opportunity to represent Minnesota at the Global Youth Institute and World Food Prize International Borlaug-Dialogue Symposium.

Volunteers can support the MNYI in many ways: 

  • Share the MNYI
  • Paper Evaluations 
  • Event in May
    • Roundtable Discussions Experts 
    • Group Leaders
  • Donate 

Sign up to volunteer here

More Information about the MNYI 


Share the MNYI! 

The MNYI is always striving to bring this opportunity to all students across Minnesota. Volunteers are welcome to share any documents released by the MNYI to promote the event, such as the flyer (great for newsletters!) and Global Challenge Handbook. Use the MNYI 2023 Media Kit to find formatted blurbs, important documents and links, and photos to begin spreading the word!